— Media company Valor Worldwide, the publisher of OurMilitary.com, is stocking up on board members and advisors. The Seattle startup named Maggie Boyer Finch to its board of directors, where she’ll join former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
Boyer Finch is one of many former aQuantive executives who went on to influence the Seattle startup scene — a roster that also includes Valor CEO Jeff Lanctot. After aQuantive, Boyer Finch founded King of the Web, an online competition for YouTube celebrities, and has invested or advised several startups, including Adxeed, Kari Gran Skin Care, Roadify, ActiveGiver and RealSelf, among others.
“Valor is the perfect opportunity to work with a very meaningful company with one of the most seasoned startup executives in Seattle,” Boyer Finch said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to all the possibilities that will come with establishing this important platform for the military community.”
The startup, which launched late last year, also created an advisory board that includes the following military veterans:
- Nate Boyer was an Army Green Beret who went on to become a long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks.
Kirstie Ennis, a former Marine who suffered the loss of her leg and a traumatic brain injury during a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Ennis is a mountain climber who aims to summit the highest peaks on seven continents in order to raise money for nonprofits.
Remi Adeleke is an actor, writer and speaker who credits his time as a Navy SEAL for helping turn his life around. Adeleke has written a memoir and was an actor in Transformers: The Last Knight.
“I could not be more pleased about the great team of Board members and advisors that we have supporting Valor’s mission,” said Lanctot. “Each of them is passionate, intelligent and inspiring in their own right, and I cannot wait to see the impact they will have as we work together to make OurMilitary.com the trusted resource for military families, and find new ways to help strengthen and support the military community.”
— Jason Silverstein signed on with Seattle-based Tango Card as the first-ever chief operations officer for the digital rewards startup. Silverstein was most recently vice president of corporate operations at internet services company Tucows. He also worked in digital media at the Charlotte Observer and American City Business Journals.
“It’s an exciting time to join Tango Card, and I’m filled with gratitude to have met David and the team at the perfect intersection of growth and new opportunities,” Silverstein said in a statement. “I’m honored and driven to help the company scale its mission in making rewards easy to send and awesome to receive.”
Tango Card acquired GiftCertificates.com in February after raising $45 million from FTV Capital.
— Igneous, a Seattle-based startup that helps companies manage their unstructured data, hired Mike O’Brien as chief revenue officer. O’Brien was most recently CEO of WiMetrics Corporation, a wireless security software company that he co-founded in 2003. Prior to that, he was a global operations executive at K2 and worked at Microsoft and Dynatrace.
“Through years of building revenue for technology startups, I recognize a solution with the capability to transform the enterprise when I see it,” O’Brien said in a statement. “Igneous is at the forefront of the data industry and I want to contribute to its mission of helping organizations unleash the benefits from their unstructured data.”
In March, Igneous reeled in $25 million in a Series C round led by WestRiver Group.
— Technology consulting firm CORTAC Group hired David Overcash as an executive vice president of the Issaquah, Wash.-based company. Overcash co-founded and served as CTO of Brightlight Consulting, and was most recently chief commercial officer of Revel Consulting.